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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful Sergio Aguero will be fit for the clash against ArsenalGetty

Manchester City have been handed a major boost ahead of their clash against Arsenal on 21 December after Manuel Pellegrini admitted that striker Sergio Aguero could return to face the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium. The Argentinean missed last week's loss against Stoke City, and has been ruled out for the visit of Swansea City on Saturday (12 December).

The former Atletico Madrid forward has had an injury- blighted campaign, which has seen him miss a number of games in the Premier League and the Champions League. He is a key player for the Chilean manager as they look to progress in the league. They are currently in the third place, one point behind second-placed Arsenal and three points behind leaders Leicester City.

The former Villarreal manager is hopeful that his top marksman will be fit for the game against the 12-time FA Cup champions, with Aguero expected to rejoin first-team training midway through next week.

"Aguero is improving but he will not be ready for this game. I hope next week he will start working with the squad Tuesday or Wednesday. We hope he'll be fit for Arsenal," Pellegrini said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

Pellegrini also praised Raheem Sterling following his brace against Borussia Monchengladbach, which helped City top their Champions League group, but made it clear that he expects the winger to get better, and improve his goal tally as the season wears on.

"Raheem is doing what we expect but he must keep improving. He can't be a player that just scores 11 goals as he did another season."

"I hope going forward he will score more, he will take the best solution more often. He's not just a striker but one of his targets must be to improve the amount of goals he scores every season," the former Real Madrid manager added.

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